Economic stagnation as well as climate change are two of the most pressing challenges at a global scale. Despite some positive news, a European economic recovery, especially in terms of employment, is not in sight. Even though there is progress, international climate negotiations have a hard time overcoming the gridlock of the past years. In Europe as elsewhere climate policy discussions are mainly focused on burden-sharing which leads to minimal action. To change this daunting path, there is a need to reframe the discussion on climate policy and economic policy.
Can climate policy that focuses on opportunities, trigger a new economic impulse, which has a positive impact on employment, the climate and opens up new business opportunities for firms? Does a green economy combined with green business models and education for sustainability offer a new European vision?
This Conference offered two Workshops. More information: